“The help of companies such as Oil Can Henry’s enables breast cancer survivors to travel a meaningful journey in empowering themselves to advocate for their physical, emotional and mental well being.”
Portland, OR (PRWEB) September 16, 2011
This July, something was very different at Oil Can Henry’s. All of the technicians were wearing pink — for an entire week, in all 87 of the locally-headquartered company’s centers. They enthusiastically donned pink hats and bowties in support of the company’s fundraiser to save lives and end breast cancer forever.
It was the Tualatin-headquartered company’s Make a Change for the Cure™ event, which raised $92,092 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. One week before the twentieth anniversary of the local Oregon and S.W. Wash. affiliate, Toni Mountain, a local breast cancer survivor of 33 years and manager of Komen’s Survivor Programs Manager, represented all survivors as she accepted the oversized check (see pictures attached) outside a bustling Oil Can Henry’s center in N.W. Portland.
Mountain — who has spent 32 years of her recovery working with breast cancer survivors and educating men and women about prevention — offered insight into the many struggles survivors and their families endure. She addressed how the support of local companies such as Oil Can Henry’s enables those affected by the disease.
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty, we didn’t talk about the ‘BIG C.’ Simply advocating for myself by getting a second opinion saved my life — allowing me to raise my two young children and now watch two grandchildren grow,” said Mountain. “The help of companies such as Oil Can Henry’s enables breast cancer survivors to travel a meaningful journey in empowering themselves to advocate for their physical, emotional and mental well being.”
An example of how funding from third parties, such as Oil Can Henry’s, is used includes helping low-income women living in rural areas pay for their transportation costs when getting to and from treatment. This includes gas — a huge help as most of Oregon is rural and many survivors live up to two or three hours from the nearest hospital.
During the Make a Change for the Cure™ fundraising event (which occurred July 16 - 23), Oil Can Henry's donated $3 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for each Famous 20-Point Full-Service Oil Change performed during its event. Customers were also able to make a donation directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® while receiving services in the center.
“We’re proud to support the fantastic work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and thrilled by the enthusiastic support of our customers,” said John E. Shepanek, Chairman of Oil Can Henry’s. “It’s another way we can help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”
Oil Can Henry's provides convenient oil changes and other vehicle maintenance services, earning customers' trust by allowing them to relax in their vehicles and watch as trained technicians perform the services they request. Making a commitment to the communities it serves has always been one of the company’s core values. It annually offers college scholarships to high school seniors and makes substantial donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, while continuously refining innovative recycling programs for used oil, filters, coolant and other paper and plastic products. Formed in 1978, the company services more than one million vehicles a year at its 87 centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Learn more at http://www.oilcanhenrys.com.
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